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Animal Care, Veterinary Nursing Are you passionate about the care and welfare of animals? Our programmes will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a career working with companion animals. Industry training and accreditation

Career opportunities

While much of your training is based on campus, we also offer opportunities to get hands-on experience, including regular placement at Wellington SPCA. Your success will allow you to earn qualifications that are recognised and respected widely throughout the animal industry, both in New Zealand and overseas.

> Animal Control

Expertise and care

> Animal Breeding

Learn from tutors who have experience within the veterinary nursing industry and are keen to share their knowledge and interest. Work alongside others who care about animals as much as you do.

> Zoo Keeper

National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing

> Dog Daycare

Start: April 2016 Level 5 Length: 25 weeks, full-time Campus: Petone

> SPCA > Grooming Facilities > Professional Pet Sitting/Feeding > Animal-Related Facilities (e.g. kennels, catteries, wildlife sanctuaries) > Education > Veterinary Nurse

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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care Start: February and July 2016 Length: 21 weeks, full-time Campus: Petone

Entry criteria: 50 credits at NCEA Level 2 with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects, which must include English, Maths and either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and successful completion of the National Certificate in Animal Care (Level 2)

Learn and practice a range of clinical, surgical and diagnostic skills, both in the classroom as well as on work placement in veterinary clinics, for a career in veterinary nursing. These skills include surgical and clinical nursing, diagnostic testing and animal behaviour.

Level 3

Entry criteria: NCEA Level 1 or equivalent


Taking care of animals is a challenging and rewarding career option and we will assist you in gaining knowledge and skills for your chosen career. This includes health and husbandry of companion animals, welfare and ethics and hygiene and zoonosis. You will have the opportunity to put theory into practice with shared responsibility for the care of animals during work experience at Wellington SPCA. Programmes and course details may change. Confirm your options by calling a Student Advisor on 0800 WELTEC (935 832).

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